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Ho Chi Minh City hospital recognized with WSO’s Golden Status

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 18:44 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City hospital recognized with WSO’s Golden Status
Dr. Le Dinh Thanh (C), director of Thong Nhat Hospital, receives the World Stroke Organization’s Golden Angels Award in Ho Chi Minh City on September 23, 2020. Photo: Hoang Loc / Tuoi Tre

Thong Nhat Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday received the Golden Angels Award, presented by the World Stroke Organization (WSO) to hospitals for achieving international standards in their stroke care practices.

The WSO Angels Award is part of the Angels Initiative, launched by Boehringer Ingelheim, which engages hospitals to improve the quality of stroke care through continuous training and consultations.

The award is divided into three levels — Gold Status, Platinum Status, and “Diamond Status.

To achieve Gold Status, hospitals must fulfill registration criteria including at least 50 percent of patients treated with door-to-needle time less than 60 minute, at least 50 percent of patients treated with door-to-groin time less than 120 minutes, at least five percent of recanalization procedure rates out of the total stroke incidence in the hospital, at least 80 percent of all suspected stroke patients undergoing CT or MRI procedure, at least 80 percent of all stroke patients undergoing dysphagia screening, at least 80 percent of ischaemic stroke patients discharged with antiplatelets, and at least 80 percent of atrial fibrillation-related stroke patients discharged with anticoagulants.

Thong Nhat Hospital is the fourth hospital in southern Vietnam to have been recognized with a WSO Golden Angels Award, after 115 People’s Hospital, University Medical Center Ho Chi Minh City, and Dong Nai General Hospital.

From January to June 2020, Thong Nhat Hospital treated 376 stroke patients.

“The hospital will continue to invest in a more coordinated model of a CT system combined with the Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) system to further shorten the time of stroke diagnosis and intervention,” said Dr. Le Dinh Thanh, director of Thong Nhat Hospital.

The hospital’s next target is the Diamond Status of the WSO Angels Award, Dr. Thanh added.

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